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A drawing I did of my best friend’s face with Medusa hair. She’s been asking for it for a long time now, so here’s the scanned version. I still need to clean it up on the computer and whatnot. (You can see where I started already at the top right corner.) I’m also making color prints of it in my screenprinting class. We’ll see how well those come out… 

I turned it into another playing card so I can add it to my playing card project as well. Queen of diamonds. Killing three birds with one stone. 

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My mom and her best friend in their younger days. 

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My new art space in my living room. We’ll see how long it stays organized…

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My mom got a tattoo for her birthday. I came up with the general design of the trunk but the awesome tattoo artist in Baltimore at Sinners and Saints perfected it and made it beautiful. I think it’s awesome! 

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1) I tried to understand binary and other ridiculous systems of counting and failed at it.

2) I finally got to join the Design Associates guild at school. Finally. 

3) I almost had my car smashed to pieces by a really, really, really dumb girl.

4) I had a (dry) spitball fight with my friends, which ended in giggles and then ultimately a spitball truce. 

5) I kept on working on a personal project tonight that I’m excited about and though I am totally exhausted and need to put the pens down before I make a terrible mistake, all I can think about is the next parts to work on! Which is AWESOME, for reasons. 

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Long Version: So last week I went to New York for the first time ever. I got dropped off by a bus right smack in the middle of Madison Square Gardens all by myself. Very first thought: Ok.. what the hell do I do? People were yelling, cars were honking. Pretty intense immediate culture shock for a girl currently living in Eastern North Carolina. Luckily it didn’t last long and I fell head over heels for New York, and I fell hard. (Cheesy, I know.) I loved the subway experience, I loved the (unfortunately a limited trip due to crap weather) Times Square experience, I loved the Brooklyn experience, the Chinatown experience, the comedy show, the flea market, the murals, the FOOD… everything. I met my best friend from high school and we stayed with her sister (who is also a great friend of mine) and her sister’s boyfriend (who graduated from ECU!) Both of them are artists/designers. I don’t know, I guess the perfect mixture of a very awesome new city and being around very creative people was the perfect storm. I came home feeling very inspired, which is something I haven’t felt in a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time. Being in art school has sucked every single living part of me that ever enjoyed creating art out of me. During the semesters I am so burnt out on homework that I never create anything at home. On breaks from school I’m usually just so happy to have some free time that I don’t want to spend it creating art. It kind of sucks a lot. Luckily I left New York with a new spark. 

Last year in my printmaking class, I did a relief print from a very large wood block. It was a design I created of a Queen of Spades playing card. For some reason, for a pretty long time, I have had some weird fascination of playing cards. So I have an idea for a long-term project that will most likely last me several months. I want to create an entire deck of cards, but I want them to all be different. Different styles of drawing, different mediums for each. I think the 1-10 cards for each suit will be similar in each suit, but different from the other suits. The face cards will probably all be pretty different though. When I’m done I want to scan them all in and make them all the same size and create a deck of cards I could sell as a whole, or individually. Sell…. that assumes that people will like them, which I can’t be certain of. I’ll upload a SHITTY picture of the first print I wrote about and a SHITTY picture of a rough sketch I have of an idea for my next card, the King of Spades. 

I guess if I had to say that I had any New Year’s Resolutions it’d be to keep up with this blog a lot better than I have, and to try my hardest to stay inspired to keep up with this project and not ditch it like all other projects. But let’s be real, no one keeps New Year’s Resolutions, so don’t keep your hopes up. 

TL:DR- I went to New York. Felt inspired. Creative juices are flowing. I’m starting a new project involving playing card design. I’m attaching two pictures. 

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This is the first print I wrote about. Pretty big, can’t remember exactly but a couple feet by a few feet. 

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Rough sketch of the next idea. I haven’t drawn in a VERY long time, so excuse my rusty ways. 

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tardthegrumpycat:

Grumpy Cat getting some well needed rest last night! #grumpycat

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thedsgnblog:

Sharp Suits   |   http://sharpsuits.net

Ireland’s creative community got together to release a lot of pent up anger and sadness through the medium of the A3 poster, all in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, illustrators and more took time out to dress up their favorite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes that would normally give you a twitch, into a diverse collection of posters.

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A crappy cell phone photo of the xmas cards I made. The image is a silk painting I did, and each card says something different on the inside. The end!

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Sneak peak: This is a silk painting I did for Christmas cards that I’m making.

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domlop:

This makes me laugh. i think if someone kidnapped you and said quick give me every part of a movie poster you can, this is exactly what a person would come up with. We’re so used to seeing this type of designing on a daily basis and it’s the kind of thing that’s kind of branded into our heads. It’s humorous, but true. And, hell, i’ll get them : )

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funkydifferent:

Pretty rad design work!  I really like this whole series of advertisements for Washington’s ballet Alice (in Wonderland) that premiered in April 2012.  I love everything from the AWESOME typography work and layouts to the makeup, costume design and photography.  I think their playing card border designs are really successful as well as their use of overlapping graphics.  I also think their design element correlations between each character and their graphics works really nicely.  Unfortunately, I have not gotten around to seeing the more recent, 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie, but the inspired design work in these pieces definitely encourage my interest.  If anything, I think these ads are successful on all levels and make me want to have seen the actual ballet.

moresweetthanbitter:

the washington ballet’s upcoming alice (in wonderland) looks a.ma.zing.
by septime weber, world premiere april 11-15, kennedy center

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hobanpress:

They say, the carpenter’s house is never finished. Similarly, the letterpress printer never has any business cards. I’ve recently been embarrassed after explaining to friends an family how I make business cards for folks all over the world and I’m not able to provide them a card of my own!

To remedy this, I’ve designed and printed a simple, one color card. I think it turned out well and exemplifies the simplicity and elegance that I’m trying to promote with my letterpress printed business and calling cards.

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